Save-the-dates and invitations set the tone for your wedding, and are often the first glimpse guests have to the theme of your day. This month, bride blogger Ashley, shared her process for incorporating her and Beau’s love story and their individual personalities into their stationery suite.
The number one piece of advice that people gave me over and over as I started wedding planning was, “Do what you want. Your wedding day is about you and Beau, not about anyone else.” I’ve really tried to take this advice to heart as I work through planning, and as a result there are clear areas where you can see our identity as a couple (and as individuals) shine through. One of the most obvious instances of this is in our wedding invitations. I went back and forth so many times about how I wanted our invitations to look. I wanted to encompass so much about our nearly 6 years together, as well as aspects of who we are as individuals. I really just wanted our friends and family to open that envelope, and immediately know who this invitation was coming from without having to read a single word.
So I reached out to a friend in Cleveland who is a graphic designer, and asked her to create something that could put what I was envisioning on paper. Mary-Kate Ritzo, our designer, was able to take every crazy idea that I threw at her (“I want to encompass Colorado where we both grew up! But also Madison where we live together now. Oh and also Norway, where we were engaged!”) into one cohesive story about who we are. She worked through every Pinterest screenshot that I sent here, as well as some scattered details about our lives to create exactly what I had envisioned. It means so much to me to know that years from now, I will be able to look back at this invitation (which frankly, it a piece of art) and it will serve as a small (but meaningful) reminder that I made our day about us, and celebrating our life together.
If you don’t have a trusted and talented graphic designer in your life, fear not! Local artist and Love, Madison Weddings featured vendor Christie Evenson is ready to bring your story to life. Below she shares tips for creating the perfect, personalized wedding stationery suite.
Four Things to Consider When Designing Your Wedding Invitations
1. How formal will your wedding will be?
Establishing this with your designer will help them envision what elements work well to set the tone for your big day. Everything from font selection to illustration can affect the formality of the piece. Consider the venue, dress code, and how traditional or unconventional the ceremony may be. This will help guests know what to expect ahead of time.
2. Think about what is special to you as a couple or significant moments of your relationship.
The best part about creating custom invitations is being able to put a personal touch into the design. Customized details, like the place you met, how you proposed, and common hobbies or interests can inspire or be incorporated into illustration and imagery. These details really help make your invitations one-of-a-kind.
3. What is unique to your wedding day?
Do the decorations revolve around a specific theme? Is the ceremony in unique destination? This is just another element that can be used to establish the tone of your wedding and make it unique to you.
4. Consider other necessary pieces to be designed.
After establishing a style for save the dates and invitations, think about what other pieces could be created to carry the style throughout the wedding and establish a cohesive. Pieces like signage on the day of the wedding can be very helpful in directing guests or be a simple way to add a nice decorative or interactive element. Wedding favors, table numbers, name cards, guest books, coasters, engraved glasses, basically anything you can think of can be easily customized from the initial invitation design.
Once the design is complete, you have many options for printing your invitations and many fun printing techniques that can really add to the beauty of the piece. This is very flexible step of the invitation process, and it is different for each individual. If my clients decide they want to work with a printer themselves I will send them digital print-ready files. If they prefer that I take care of the printing process, I can absolutely do so. In that case, they will receive the printed, final product ready to be addressed (unless envelopes are printed) and sent out. Either way I will always give suggestions on the best ways to print the piece, considering budget and quality.
For more information about Christie Evenson Designs and to set up a consultation, visit their vendor profile.